Troy, N.Y. - Captain John Cooney with the Troy Police
Department says two officers were responding to a noise issue Thursday evening
near 62 Ingalls Ave. when the officers
were attacked while trying to arrest an individual.
Capt. John Cooney says two patrol officers responded to a
noise complaint on Thursday night at around 9 p.m. on Ingalls Avenue. A resident
of the street, 35-year-old Samuel Ratley, was found sitting in his car,
allegedly playing loud music. Officers issued a warning, as required by the
local noise ordinance, but Ratley did not respond.
"The officer approached the driver, had a very
unproductive conversion, so to speak, and finally decided to further his
efforts to get the music down. The driver exited the vehicle and actually
flicked a lit cigarette in the officer's direction," said Captain John
Cooney says he did not cooperate and resisted arrest, but
one of the men arrested spoke to NEWS10 and says the officers attacked him and
his stepfather while using racial slurs. NEWS10 obtained video that the man
says was recorded during the incident by his girlfriend.
Samuel Ratley and his stepson, 21-year-old Malcolm Watson,
were arrested for second degree assault among other charges. But Watson says
that's not what happened during the incident.
"They came over here cursing. They're not speaking to
us with no kind of respect you know and they basically attacked us," said
Watson shared video he says his girlfriend shot during the
"There was never no music playing out of the car. There
was no music," said Watson.
He says the officers did not say he was under arrest and
repeatedly hit him and Ratley.
"He never said anything to anybody that we were under
arrest. He basically just put his hands on my Stepfather and used force that
was unnecessary," said Watson.
NEWS10 showed the video to Captain Cooney.
"With the arrest process as part of the prosecution
here considering the resisting charge and the fact that there's tape of that
process at this time it would be against our policy to comment on material
which may end up making it to court and being part of the prosecution and or
the defense," said Cooney.
A third individual was also arrested during this incident.
Watson says he will be taking legal action, and Cooney says his department will
address any complaint received about the incident.
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